When an Arabic text had appeared in print, there was no reason to copy it by hand anymore, right? Not quite. The reality is way messier and far more interesting.
"The Ifrane Collection," is a remarkable private collection of mostly-Sufi titles from here in Morocco. It includes more than a dozen copies of Muḥammad b. Sulaymān al-Jazūlī's (d.1465) Dalāʾil al-khayrāt, representing a range of styles and manuscripts traditions associated with that text.
Ayman Fuʾād Sayyid, Fihrist al-makhṭūṭāt nashra bi-'l-makhṭūṭāt allatī aqtanathā al-dār min sanat 1936-1955. 3 Vol.s (Cairo, 1961-1963). This is a brief follow up to the previous post about Ibadi titles manuscripts in the Dār al-Kutub in Cairo. I just posted a document with a full list of those titles from A. Fuʾād Sayyid's (1961-1963) catalog … Continue reading Ibadi Manuscripts at the Dār al-Kutub in Egypt (Part 2, the Inventory) | المخطوطات الإباضية في دار الكتب المصرية (الجزء الثاني, الجرد)
A couple of years ago, I received a photocopy of some handwritten notes on Ibadi manuscripts in the Egyptian National Library, the Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya (Figure 1). The notes are dated 1408/1988 in Cairo, where the copyist was sitting at the library with a copy of A. Fuʾād Sayyid's catalog of recent (between 1936-55) acquisitions … Continue reading Ibadi Manuscripts at the Dār al-Kutub in Egypt (Part 1)| المخطوطات الإباضية في دار الكتب المصرية (الجزء الأول)
Saʿīd b. ʿAlī b. Taʿārit (d.1289/1872) occupies an important place in the history and historiography of Ibadi communities in the Maghrib as the author of The Epistle on the History of Jerba (Risāla fī taʾrīkh Jarba). This work, which he completed in 1273/1856, fills in a lot of gaps in the time between the end … Continue reading The library of Ibadi historian Saʿīd b. ʿAlī b. Taʿārīt (d.1289/1872) | مكتبة المؤرّخ الإباضي سعيد بن علي بن تعاريت
A quick note that I will be giving a talk the Maghribi Ibadi community of Ottoman Cairo on 4 March 2020 at New York University's Silsila Center for Material Histories. Details and a sign up to attend can be found here on their website. إعلان سريع بأنّني سألقي محاضرة حول المجتمع الإباضية في القاهرة العثمانية … Continue reading Upcoming talk at NYU on Ibadis in Ottoman Cairo | محاضرة حول الإباضية في القاهرة العثمانية بجامعة نيو يورك
Organizers of the second annual Workshop on Ibadi Manuscripts and Manuscript Cultures are delighted to invite proposals from participants under the theme: "Ibadi Manuscripts in European and North American Libraries." The deadline for proposals is 15 February and this year's workshop will be held 24-25 April in Lviv, Ukraine. Details are available here in Arabic, … Continue reading Call for Participants: Workshop on Ibadi Manuscripts in European/North American Libraries | إعلان بطلبة مشاركين في الورشة الثانية حول المخطوطات الإباضية: “المخطوطات الإباضية بالمكتبات الأوروبية”
Ibadi libraries, almost without exception, house non-Ibadi books. Sometimes, Ibadi-owned libraries held hundreds of titles by non-Ibadi authors and those titles far outnumbered the Ibadi ones. When an Ibadi manuscript appears in a non-Ibadi library, however, that is something to write home about. A manuscript from the El Trouk Mosque library in Houmet Souk, Jerba … Continue reading Ibadi Manuscripts in non-Ibadi Libraries | المخطوطات الإباضية بالمكتبات غير الإباضية
The Rare Books Library at McGill University in Montreal, Canada has a small collection of Ibadi lithographs from Algeria and Egypt . And (at least) one of them has a very unexpected story. The four Ibadi titles there include three from the first Ibadi print house in Cairo, the al-Maṭbaʿa al-Bārūniyya. Founded around 1870 by … Continue reading Ibadi Lithographs at McGill University’s Rare Books Library | مطبوعات حجرية إباضية في مكتبة جامعة مكيل في كندا
I am delighted to announce the launch of "EAP1216 The Djerba Libraries Project," a two-year effort to digitize several libraries on the island of Djerba, Tunisia. Funded by Arcadia (a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin) and administered by the British Library's "Endangered Archives Programme," the Djerba Libraries Project aims to produce digital … Continue reading EAP1216 “The Djerba Libraries Project:” A New Manuscript Digitization Project in Djerba, Tunisia | مكتبات جربة: مشروع جديد لرقمنة المكتبات بجربة (تونس)